Midwest U.S.-Japan 52nd Anniversary Conference
“Building the Next Economy Together”


Saturday, September 10th
10:00a – 5:00pJapanese Secretariat (Aragon Rm, 4fl) Registration

Sunday, September 11th
US Registration Desk – now on 2nd floor, next to Grand Ballroom
10:00a – 5:00pU.S. Secretariat (Biograph Rm, 4fl)

9:30-10:30 amMWJA Board Meeting (Monroe Room, 3fl)
Sightseeing Program: (all Attendees – register in advance)
11:30am – 1:30pm (all attendees)Chicago Sightseeing River Cruise and Lunch
1:20p – 4:20p (Invited guests) VIP Cubs Game (Left Field Front Porch) – incl Lunch.
Evening Program – Navy Pier “OffShore Rooftop Restaurant”
4:10-4:25 pmUS and Japan Chairs Meet (Board Room)
4:30-5:15 pmJoint Executive Session (Board Room)
5:15 – 6:00pVIP Reception
Location: OffShore Rooftop Restaurant
6:00-8:30p General Welcome Reception (Taiko Drums & live jazz.)
Location: Offshore Rooftop Restaurant

Monday, September 12th
JW Marriott Hotel – Conference Venue
Plenary Sessions – Grand Ballroom – 2nd fl
9:15-9:30 aOpening Ceremony begins with the National Anthems.
9:35 – 11:00 aH.E. Rahm Emanuel, US Ambassador to Japan – Address
9:35 – 11:00 aWelcome Remarks:

*Gordon Dobie, Chairman, MWJA
*Takeo Inokuchi, Chairman, JMWA
*Gov JB Pritzker, State of Illinois (Host)
*Hon. Hiroshi Tajima, Consul General of Japan in Chicago
*Gov. Eric Holcomb, State of Indiana
*Gov. Taizo Mikazuki, Shiga Prefecturural Government
*Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, State of Michigan
*Gov. Ichita Yamamoto, Gunma Prefectural Government
Please note all final speakers, for Sessions I, II, III / Tech Talk / Closing Ceremony
10:30aSpouse Tour
11:05 - 11:25a Coffee Break - Foyer
11:25 - 11:45a Keynote Remarks
*H.E. Koji Tomita, Japanese Ambassador to the United States
12:00 - 1:20pLuncheon Program – Burnham Ballroom – 4th
Linda Jojo, Executive Vice President, Chief Customer Officer
United Airlines
(Return to Grand Ballroom)
1:30-3:00pSes:sion I “Building Through Innovation” Executive Session Panel
*James Carlin, Managing Director, Technology & Disruptive Commerce, JPMorgan Chase
*Jun Suzuki, Chairperson, Teijin Limited, Member of the Board
*Ken G. Kabira, EVP & Chief Operating Officer, Narita Mfg., Inc
*Tetsuo “Ted” Ogawa, CEO, North America Region, Toyota Motor Corporation and President & CEO, Toyota Motor North America
*Moderator: David Baker, Executive Director, America’s Urban Campus

3:00-3:20p Coffee Break – Foyer
3:20-4:50pSession II “Building Through Collaboration” Executive Session Panel
*Deloitte – speaker tba
*Yuji Hirako, Member of the Board, Vice Chairman, ANA Holdings
*US Speaker - tba
*Ryohei Tsuji, Senior Corporate Officer, Kikkoman Corporation President & COO, Kikkoman Foods, Inc.
*Moderator: Nobuhiko Sasaki, Chairman & CEO, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

6:00-8:30p Monday Gala Dinner at the Adler Planetarium.
Gala Reception – outdoor terrace & Business Dinner
(Blues music performance to follow dinner.)

Tuesday, September 13th
(Plenary Session / Closing Ceremony)
9:00a – 10:30a Panel Presentation/Discussion:
Session III “Building Sustainability” Executive Session Panel
*Kapil Khanna, CEO, Lamar Johnson Collaborative
*Kuninori Kuroishi, Senior Advisor, Marubeni Corporation
*ComEd - speaker tba
*Naoki Mashita, Vice Chairman, KEIZAI DOUYUKAI (Japan Assn of Corporate Executives) and Group CEO & Founder, V-cube, Inc
*Moderator – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (name - tba)
10:30-10:45a Coffee break - Foyer
10:45-11:15a“Tech Talk” – women in technology share advancements
11:15a-12:00pClosing Ceremony:
*Hon. Yusuke Shindo, Consul General of Japan in Detroit
*Sylvia I. Garcia, Director, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
*Conference Co-Chairs Closing Remarks and gift exchange
12:10-1:15p Buffet Lunch – Burnham Ballroom, 4th fl

Japanese Presenters:

H.E. Koji Tomita, Japan Ambassador to the U.S.
Hon. Mikazuki Taizo, Governor of Shiga Prefecture
Hon. Ichita Yamamoto, Governor of Gunma Prefecture
Hon. Hiroshi Tajima, Consul-General of Japan in Chicago
Hon. Yusuke Shindo, Consul-General of Japan in Detroit
Jun Suzuki, Chairman, Teijin Ltd
Ted Ogawa, CEO, North America, Toyota Motor Corp
Yuji Hirako, Vice Chairman, ANA Holdings
Ryohei Tsuki, Senior Corporate Officer, Kikkoman Corp
Nobuhiko Sasaki, Chairman, JETRO
Kuninori Kuroishi, Senior Advisor, Marubeni Corp
Naoki Mashita, Group CEO & Founder, V-cube, Inc.

1-on-1 Business Meetings will be organized by MWJA for U.S. and Japanese Governors, senior executives and regional government officials.
(Meetings will take place on Sunday afternoon, Monday and Tuesday morning.)